Kitzbühel Alps

Snowsure conditions and family-friendly attractions are just two of the reasons why the Kitzbühel Alps are a popular holiday destination among visitors from throughout Austria and beyond.

Accounting for a significant proportion of Tirol’s total surface area, the majestic Kitzbühel Alps extend from the Wilder Kaiser Massif in the north to the Hohe Tauern National Park in the south and from the Zillertal Valley in the west to the Saalachtal Valley in the east. They are known well beyond Austria as a popular holiday destination, not least because of the many sports and outdoor activities on offer. The region has nine wintersports resorts catering for both alpine and cross-country skiers of all abilities, with the slopes in Westendorf, Kirchberg, Hopfgarten and Fieberbrunn particularly suited to families with children.

Tradition, relaxation and fine dining

In summer there is a large network of hiking, cycling and mountain biking trails leading along the valley floor and up into the mountains. Further outdoor activities include whitewater rafting and paragliding, while visitors looking to unwind can simply enjoy the views or head for one of the spas or swimming lakes in the region.

As in other regions of Tirol, the people living in the Kitzbühel Alps are proud of their customs and traditions, many of which date back centuries. Processions and celebrations are held in most towns and villages throughout the year. The region’s largest agglomerations, first and foremost Kitzbühel, Wörgl and St. Johann in Tirol, offer good shopping and plenty of restaurants serving local delicacies.

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The Hohe Salve (1,829m) can be reached via cable cars operating in summer and winter from Söll and Hopfgarten. Hiking trails take visitors from the top of the cable car to the summit and the historic Salvenakirche church with its magnificent 360° views of the mountain landscape., © Kitzbüheler Alpen/Hannes Dabernig
Hohe Salve: the best view in Tirol

The Hohe Salve (1,829m) can be reached via cable cars operating in summer and winter from Söll and Hopfgarten. Hiking trails take visitors from the top of the cable car to the summit and the historic Salvenakirche church with its magnificent 360° views of the mountain landscape.

As summer slowly turns to autumn, the cows taken up to the high mountain pastures in spring for grazing are brought back down into the valley for winter. This tradition is celebrated throughout Tirol, including in the Kitzbühel Alps. Cows are often decorated with colourful headdresses made of flowers if the summer has passed without serious injury to man or beast. The procession through the village is accompanied by live music and a fair with delicious local produce, especially freshly made cheese., © Kitzbüheler Alpen/Hannes Dabernig
Ceremonial cattle drive in autumn

As summer slowly turns to autumn, the cows taken up to the high mountain pastures in spring for grazing are brought back down into the valley for winter. This tradition is celebrated throughout Tirol, including in the Kitzbühel Alps. Cows are often decorated with colourful headdresses made of flowers if the summer has passed without serious injury to man or beast. The procession through the village is accompanied by live music and a fair with delicious local produce, especially freshly made cheese.

The KAT Walk is a new 108km hiking trail covering 6,750 vertical metres yet still suitable for walkers with little experience. Comprising six stages, it begins in Hopfgarten and finishes in Fieberbrunn. A luggage transport service is available between the huts, each of which serves a selection of local delicacies., © Kitzbüheler Alpen/Peter Vonier
KAT Walk: alpine hiking and fine food

The KAT Walk is a new 108km hiking trail covering 6,750 vertical metres yet still suitable for walkers with little experience. Comprising six stages, it begins in Hopfgarten and finishes in Fieberbrunn. A luggage transport service is available between the huts, each of which serves a selection of local delicacies.

Adrenaline-seeking skiers and snowboarders can explore the many snowparks throughout Kitzbühel Alps, while families will find easy slopes for beginners and challenge descents for experts in St. Johann in Tirol, Westendorf, Waidring and Kirchberg., © Kitzbüheler Alpen- St. Johann in Tirol
New challenges for freestylers and families

Adrenaline-seeking skiers and snowboarders can explore the many snowparks throughout Kitzbühel Alps, while families will find easy slopes for beginners and challenge descents for experts in St. Johann in Tirol, Westendorf, Waidring and Kirchberg.

Every year on 6 December towns and villages throughout Tirol host elaborate processions to welcome Saint Nicholas, who rewards children who have been good throughout the year with presents. However, in the Kitzbühel Alps he does not come alone. Instead, he is accompanied by frightful devils known as “Perchten” who roam the streets in search of children who have been bad, rattling rusty chains and ringing large cow bells on their backs., © Tirol Werbung/Somer Phil
"Perchtenpassen”: ancient custom brought to life

Every year on 6 December towns and villages throughout Tirol host elaborate processions to welcome Saint Nicholas, who rewards children who have been good throughout the year with presents. However, in the Kitzbühel Alps he does not come alone. Instead, he is accompanied by frightful devils known as “Perchten” who roam the streets in search of children who have been bad, rattling rusty chains and ringing large cow bells on their backs.

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